Words And Pictures – Dream Wife -Sløtface – Peaness – Liverpool Magnet 19.10.17

After winning hearts minds and ears over the festival season Dream Wife returned to Liverpool and proved once again that the excitement and buzz they are generating is very much the real deal.

‘Thanks to the other bands for lending us their equipment ‘ say Peaness at the end of a hugely enjoyable set. ‘We got the train here and we’ll be getting it home .. and we have work tomorrow – boo! ‘ yes welcome to the life of the indie DIY musician, it’s certainly a vocation that requires sacrifice and a fair degree of logistical juggling be able to follow your passion. Peaness had opened proceedings in what was almost a home gig, given they are based in Chester and produced a set fretted with pristine jangle pop showcasing their ability to write top-notch-knowing indie suffused with melody heart and wit.

Norwegian band Sløtface (pronounced Slutface) who we’d caught previously in Liverpool supporting Los Campesinos followed and despite some initial sound issues they soon had the crowd fully engaged, encouraged them to dance and orchestrated the formation of a mini mosh pit which induced enthusiastic, if not wholly rhythmic dancing to a solid set of grungy post-punk pop from the band’s impressive debut album ‘Try Not To Freak Out’.

Dream Wife followed and immediately set about proving once more, what an incredible live band they are, they truly are a veritable force of nature. We’ve seen them play on the larger stages in 2017 during the festival season and totally win over audiences who were previously unaware of the band’s oeuvre. This gig seemed to have drawn a mixture of curious old punks plus younger fangirls and boys who knew all the lyrics having embraced the empowering messages that reside at the heart of many of Dream Wife’s tunes. It was a set full of swaggering charm, it was visceral, melodic, uplifting and lest we forget, a hell of a lot of fun. Vocalist Rakel regaled us with tales of making the mistake, ‘especially as a female artist’ of reading youtube comments under the bands videos whilst songs like ‘Hey Heartbreaker, ‘ FUU,’ ‘Lolita,’ ‘Somebody’ and what must surely be the next single ‘Let’s Make Out’ are already a staple of a set list that played like a greatest hits selection. If Dream Wife’s hotly anticipated forthcoming debut album can capture the bands live energy then it’s going to be something very special indeed.

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